Friday, April 3, 2015

Been to Portugal? Me, Neither! Let's go with Carole P. Roman as Guide...

You might live with your family in the capital city, Lisbon. Not only is it one of the oldest cities in the world, it is the oldest in Western Europe. Six hundred years ago, in search of new trade routes for spices and other riches, the Portuguese sailed out and colonized many different parts of the world, so that today 240 million people speak the Portuguese language.

If You Were Me and Lived in...


An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures

By Carole P. Roman

I had one lone visitor from Portugal last month to Book Readers Heaven. So I thought we should learn about the country and extend a warm welcome to those now living in Portugal or were originally from this country...

Portugal is located right on the Atlantic Ocean. I grew up along the bank of the Monongahela River so I became immediately enthralled with the idea of living on the Atlantic coast!
Maybe I went too heavy on the pictures? Nah! LOL

If you are a boy and born in Portugal, your parents might have named you Tomas (Toe-mas), Afonso (A-fon-zho) or Martins (Mar-teens).

They could have named  yout didyrt Maria (Ma-ree-ya), Joana (Wa-nah), or Leonor (Lee-on-or).

I found this piece of jewelry, which is very beautiful, and certainly could be worn by your avo, don't you think? Note that it includes the colorful "Rooster of Barcelos, which is a colorful symbol of Portugal..."

If you were me and lived in Portugal your favorite vacation would have to be a trip to the Azores. The Azores is a chain of nine volcanic islands and a natural paradise. They are a habitat for marine animals and seabirds. Whale and dolphins can be found there. You might like to scuba dive or hike on the many mountain trails.

I've concentrated mostly on the locations discovered in Roman's book, but there is still much to learn about food, sports and other important part of children's lives, especially The Portugal Carnevale! I found this video as an example of the extras, such as this concert, takes places during that huge event in February...

As in the entire series, a pronunciation glossary is included, as well as samples of the language--I included one of the words in the book in this review. See if you can find it! 

I'm almost caught up with this entire series and highly recommend it for your permanent home library to be explored and enjoyed by family and visitors alike! Enjoy!


Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be. 
Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

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